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Wed, February 21, 2018


7:00 - 9:00 PM 


Mudras and Rituals with Geshe Ngawang Tenley



Tonight Geshe-la will give an introduction to the use of mudras and ritual implements for pujas and other ceremonies. Geshe-la will explain the symbolism behind their use, and their importance for making ritual offerings during practice commonly performed at Kurukulla Center such as Guru Puja, Tara Puja, and Medicine Buddha Puja. As time allows, Geshe-la will demonstrate proper use of ritual implements such as dorje, bell, and damaru.


Geshe Ngawang Tenley was born in 1969 and in 1989 began preparation to become a monk under the guidance of his uncle, Geshe Tsulga. He was ordained by the late Gyume Khensur Geshe Urgyen Tseten Rinpoche in 1990 and began the program of studies to become a geshe at Sera Je Monastery. During the course of his studies, he has received many teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as other highly qualified masters. In 1998, he received his full ordination (gelong) vows from His Holiness, and in November 2008, after eighteen years of rigorous studies, he completed his final exams to be conferred the geshe degree at Sera Je Monastery. He began teaching at Kurukulla Center in 2009, and was appointed the resident teacher by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2010 following the passing away of Geshe Tsulga. His cheerfulness and humility endear him to everyone he meets.